The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

2. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

3. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?

4. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

5. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

2. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

3. How does Plato refer to himself in the Socratic dialogues?

4. What does Tarrant use as an example to illustrate the differences in mentality, in this section, regarding death and suicide?

5. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

6. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

7. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

8. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

9. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

10. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many of the dialogues have to do with the concept of epistemology. What is epistemology? What does it have to do with philosophy? Why is it important? Why did Socrates concern himself with it? Are they ever able to reach a definitive conclusion? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

When accused of blasphemy, Socrates insists that he was questioning the interpretation of the answer given to Chearephon by the Oracle of Delphi. What question did Chearephon ask? What answer was given to him by the Oracle? Why did Socrates find this response so difficult to believe? Do you think he was being truthful with his story about thinking the interpretation was incorrect? Why or why not? If not, what was his real reason for questioning the gods? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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